Training & Awareness Raising

Accredited Training

It is recognised that families can play an important role in supporting the person in prison and preventing reoffending, but they have their own needs for support too.

When a family member is sent to prison, the impact on the family‘s health and wellbeing can be significant and enduring. In particular, children may experience feelings of sadness and loss, affecting their emotional and mental health.

Families Outside offers accredited training to those individuals and groups across the statutory and voluntary sectors who come into contact with families affected by imprisonment. Attendance at this training will count towards continuous professional development.

The Families Outside: Families Affected by Imprisonment training is designed to raise awareness of the impact imprisonment has on families, improve practice and develop the knowledge and skills of participants required when supporting families affected by imprisonment. We will be delivering this training online until we are able to deliver in a community setting.

The training consists of three modules and participants should choose which ones are relevant to their line of work.

Attendance at any of the modules will aim to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the impact imprisonment has on the whole family in order to reduce stigma and social isolation
  • Improve the overall experience for families including children and young people, navigating through the criminal justice process from arrest to release

The scheduled dates for each module are:

  • Module 1 Understanding the issues for Families Affected by imprisonment –  30th November 2021
  • Module 2 Supporting children and young people who have a family member in prison – 28th September (sold out) and 7th December 2021
  • Module 3 Prison and prison visiting – 7th October and 9th December 2021

Please click on each module below for more information and to register your place.

Upcoming Events

Module 3: Prison and prison visiting

Starts : 09:3007/10/21
Ends : 12.3007/10/21

Online

                        This module will focus on: Understand the functions and key elements of the Scottish prison estate. Recognise the importance of maintaining family contact. Identify appropriate support for families within a prison environment. Click here to register.

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Module 1: Understanding the issues for families affected by imprisonment

Starts : 09:3030/11/21
Ends : 12.3030/11/21

Online

                        This module will focus on: Describe how day to day issues can affect families with a family member in prison. Give examples of how a family might be affected at each stage of the criminal justice process. Apply their knowledge when supporting families […]

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Module 2: Supporting children and young people who have a family member in prison

Starts : 09:3007/12/21
Ends : 12.3007/12/21

Online

                        This module will focus: Understand the varying needs of children and young people with a family member in prison. Identify policies to support and protect children who are affected by imprisonment. Apply their knowledge when supporting children and young people who are affected […]

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Module 3: Prison and prison visiting

Starts : 09:3009/12/21
Ends : 12.3009/12/21

Online

                        This module will focus on: Understand the functions and key elements of the Scottish prison estate. Recognise the importance of maintaining family contact. Identify appropriate support for families within a prison environment. Click here to register.

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Past Events

Understanding the impact imprisonment has on families - May

Starts : 10:0025/05/2021
Ends : 11:0025/05/2021

Online

This overview will provide an insight into our full training programme which will be available later in the year. It will give you a basic understanding of how families, including children, are impacted when a family member is in prison. It will also look at some of the policies that support children who have a […]

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